iPhone suppliers are said to be preparing for low orders from Apple in the first quarter of 2018 because of a combination of seasonal factors and anxiety over reports of slower-than-expected sales of Apple’s latest smartphone line-up.
According to DigiTimes‚ sources in the supply chain, several component suppliers are bracing themselves for low order visibility for the full range of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models.
Component orders for iPhone devices will come 15-30% less than expected for the first quarter due mostly to seasonal factors, but some sources argued that the slower-than-expected sales of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have dragged [...]
Apple representatives met with suppliers who make the type of parts required to power augmented reality glasses at CES this week, according to Bloomberg News. During CES, representatives from major players like Apple, Facebook, and Google met with suppliers that make the nuts and bolts required to power AR glasses, according to people familiar with the meetings.
The report doesn’t provide any additional details about the meetings, or what was discussed, but it’s yet more anecdotal evidence that so-called „Apple Glasses“ may one day go from rumor to reality.
Bloomberg News has previously reported that Apple is working on an augmented reality [...]
Upstream suppliers are expected to see strong growth in wearable product operations in the fourth quarter of this year thanks to rising sales of Apple’s AirPods and Apple Watch range, according to sources in the supply chain (via DigiTimes).
Quanta, Iventec, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), as well as Foxconn subsidiaries Shunshin Tech and Luxshare-ICT are all expected to benefit from increased sales in Q4 2017, as Apple achieves supply/demand balance for its AirPods and consumer interest in the latest Apple Watch models increases into the holiday season.
Quanta and USI have been long-term supply-chain partners of the Apple Watch series and are expected [...]
Apple recently purchased expensive production equipment to produce the rigid flexible printed circuit board for the iPhone 8, reports The Korea Herald. Apple doesn’t plan to use the equipment itself, but is instead leasing it to suppliers to ensure it can get the components it needs for the iPhone 8 amid rumors of production difficulties.
The equipment cost Apple „tens of millions of dollars“ and will be used to create the aforementioned circuit boards, which are a key component that connect parts like the iPhone’s display and camera. A rigid flexible printed circuit board is reportedly more difficult to produce than conventional rigid or flexible [...]